Notebooks on India

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 891 SC2
  • Dates of Creation
      [1900 - 1923]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      12 notebooks handwritten

Scope and Content

Twelve notebooks containing the author's notes on India, its religions and inscriptions, mainly extracts from, and comments upon, published authors' works.

Administrative / Biographical History

The author of these notebooks is unknown. They contain no identifying material and the handwriting has not been identified.


The material was divided according to the titles of the volumes thus:

  • SC2/1 - Hindu and Early Indian
  • SC2/2 - Indian Mahommedan
  • SC2/3 - Islamic
  • SC2/4 - Inscriptions
  • SC2/5 - Miscellaneous
  • SC2/6 - Buddhism

Access Information

Open. Please contact the archivist using the email address given here. The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID

Acquisition Information

It is unknown how these notebooks came into the possession of the Royal Asiatic Society. Some of the notebooks had been housed with the manuscript material of George Edward Fryer, but they do not belong to him. They are of a later date.


It would appear these notebooks were once part of a larger collection as not all volumes are present in particular sets.

Archivist's Note

This material was catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

It is unknown to whom these notebooks belonged.